The binary code on Alan Turing’s new £50 note has a secret hidden inside it

The binary code on Alan Turing’s new £50 note has a secret hidden inside it

The Bank of England on July 15 revealed Alan Turing, a pioneer of computer science and artificial intelligence, will be the face of the new £50 note. The one thing announcement didn’t touch on, is that there’s a witty easter egg permanently embedded in the note’s design.

The note, which will be printed on polymer, has a ticker tape showing a binary code: 1010111111110010110011000. The code can be seen to the left of Turing’s photo.

To any other person, the number might seem random at first, it actually contains a piece of information about Turing’s life, as spotted by eagle-eyed Twitter users.

On Conversion of the binary code, it reveals Turing’s birth date in decimals – 23061912 or June 23, 1912. To the ones unaware a binary code is the one which is written in the 0's and 1's. The machine understands the binary language.

You can easily confirm this yourself. Here’s how:

Use any binary to decimal converter. Enter the code from the note: 1010111111110010110011000

Convert it to decimal

On checking, the converter will return the following number: 23061912

Pretty cool, right?

The contribution to the electromechanical machine that broke Hitler’s Enigma code system during World War II, helped Alan Turing carved his name in history. 

 One of the greatest computing pioneers history has ever known Turing will always be first in the list.





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